The only sport able to compete remotely, swimming faced many changes to accommodate the pandemic this season. Once in the pool, the excitement of getting to swim motivated swimmers everywhere to give it their all and because of it, seven local swimmers and divers earned a spot on this year’s All-Press team.
Leading the way with three student-athletes is Bristol Central with Christina Tomcak, Katelyn Holleran and Camille Attle.
All first-time selections, Tomcak contributed for the Rams as both a swimmer and diver, best characterized by her work ethic. In a season that was already filled with confusion, her versatility made her an increasingly valuable member of the team.
“She pushes and challenges herself to split her practice time between laps and the diving board,” head coach Adrienne Bentley said. “She is very in tune with her training and knowledge of her abilities. She uses her time wisely, when she is stumped or having troubles with a dive, she switches channels and jumps right into the pool to do laps and work on her endurance. She is often looking at the board and between laps while resting, visualizing herself working her dives. She is tough and very competitive. Her diversity makes her a big asset for the team and a great role model for the rest of the team.”
One of the most talented swimmers for Central, Holleran is effective at both long and short distances, which gave her ample chances to contribute. She posted her best times of the season in the individual medley (2:40.56) and backstroke (1:13.73) in the CCC postseason meet.
“Katelyn has been one of our top scores for her two years on the team,” Bentley said. “While she is quiet on the deck, she shows her strength, talent and power in the water. She is very awake of her abilities and is always looking to refine her strokes and techniques to become a more efficient and competitive swimmers.”
Battle saw the majority of her success come in the sprints this season as she took on swimming the 100 butterfly and breaststroke this year and did so with great success. A senior, she contributed swimming all distances for the team over the last four years.
“This was a tough year for Camille,” Bentley said. “She had injuries that limited her practice time, but she did not let that hold her back from performing very well against some tough opponents. Camille has been a wonderful role model and captain for the team, keeping everyone focused on the positives and having fun at the same time.”
Returning to the All-Press team for Bristol Eastern is junior Taylor DeMarest, who is now three-for-three in reaching the local recognition. Serving as a captain this season, her teammates look to her for how to improve.
“Taylor is a force to be reckoned with,” head coach Alyson Phelan said. “She sets high goals for herself and fights hard and works hard to achieve them. As a captain this year, she was a leader who worked to make sure she represented the team and helped anyone who needed it.”
From the diving board for the Lancers is junior Alison Sullivan who made tremendous leaps in just her second year diving. She achieved new personal high scores this year and continues to progress.
“Alison is a second-year diver who has come into her own for this sport,” Phelan said. “She achieved her highest score with a 236.55 this year. She is a hard worker and not only drives herself to work hard, but roots for her teammates to push their hardest.”
Lastly, St. Paul are juniors Abby MacAllister and Amelia Badzioch. On a team that had five all-NVL North honorees, the teams two captains stood out for their leadership and versatility. Badzioch was also recognized with the Meegan Martin Sportsmanship Award.
“Any events that needed to be filled, I knew I could rely on both of them to step up and do it without questions or complaints. They showed real leadership,” coach Karim Mabrouk said.